Ukraine’s mobile market leader Kyivstar, which launched its ‘Home TV’ branded IPTV service for its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) internet users in two cities last month, has expanded IPTV availability to its entire 135-city FTTB network footprint. A press release declared that all Kyivstar’s ‘Home Internet’ subscribers can now opt for IPTV, enabling linear digital broadcast TV channels and video-on-demand (VoD) content on up to four devices simultaneously, including TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones. Linear channels and on-demand content are being provided by Kyivstar’s partner and broadcasting licence holder in the IPTV venture, Viasat, part of the Modern Times Group (MTG), which operates an existing satellite pay-TV service across Ukraine. Kyivstar is offering four IPTV packages ranging in cost from UAH29 to UAH169 (USD1.20 to USD6.95) per month, bundling between 70 to 130 channels from Viasat (including local, international and HD channels), plus a library of thousands of VoD titles including feature films.
In its website announcement, Kyivstar said that ‘hundreds’ of users in the pilot cities of Krivoy Rog and Zhitomir are already enjoying the IPTV service, which requires the purchase of an IPTV set-top box from the operator and a subscription to a Home Internet fibre package. With the national expansion now complete, the service is available to 4.5 million Ukrainian households, in over 40,000 apartment blocks hooked up to FTTB. Kyivstar reported 804,000 FTTB internet subscribers at the end of September 2015.